Ubrelvy (ubrogepant) is a prescription drug that’s used for fast-acting relief of migraine symptoms. Ubrelvy can cause side effects that range from mild to serious. Examples include sleepiness and nausea.
Ubrelvy is used to treat migraine episodes in adults.
The active ingredient in Ubrelvy is ubrogepant. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) The drug comes as a tablet that you swallow.
Keep reading to learn about the common, mild, and serious side effects that Ubrelvy can cause. For a general overview of the drug, including details about its uses, see this article.
Some people may experience mild or serious side effects during their Ubrelvy treatment. The more commonly reported side effects for Ubrelvy include:
These aren’t the only side effects that Ubrelvy may cause. Read on to learn about more possible side effects from taking Ubrelvy.
* For more about this side effect, see the “Side effects explained” section below.
Ubrelvy may cause mild side effects. Examples of mild side effects that have been reported with Ubrelvy include:
* For more about this side effect, see the “Side effects explained” section below.
In most cases, these side effects should be temporary. Some may be easily managed, too. But if you have any symptoms that are ongoing or that bother you, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. And don’t stop using Ubrelvy unless your doctor recommends it.
Ubrelvy may cause mild side effects other than the ones listed above. For more information about side effects, see the Ubrelvy prescribing information.
Note: After the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves a drug, it tracks side effects of the medication. If you’d like to notify the FDA about a side effect you’ve had with Ubrelvy, visit MedWatch.
There haven’t been many serious side effects reported with Ubrelvy. But allergic reaction* is a serious side effect that may occur with Ubrelvy.
If you develop serious side effects while taking Ubrelvy, call your doctor right away. If the side effects seem life threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency, immediately call 911 or your local emergency number.
* As with many medications, an allergic reaction is possible after taking Ubrelvy. But this side effect wasn’t reported in studies. For more information about allergic reactions, see the “Side effects explained” section below.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Ubrelvy’s side effects.
Can Ubrelvy cause rebound headaches?
Rebound headaches are a common side effect of other migraine drugs when they’re used too often. This can cause migraine symptoms to happen more often than usual, which can lead to taking more medication. As you take more medication, migraine symptoms can continue to worsen after the drug leaves your system.
The only way to break a cycle of rebound headaches is to temporarily stop taking the migraine medication.
Tell your doctor if you start having headaches more often than usual after starting Ubrelvy. If your doctor thinks you might be having rebound headaches, they’ll likely have you stop taking Ubrelvy for a while. But make sure you talk with your doctor before you stop taking the drug.
Is weight gain or weight loss a side effect of Ubrelvy?
Weight changes aren’t a common side effect of any drugs used to treat migraine. But
If you’re concerned about weight changes while taking Ubrelvy, talk with your doctor. They can recommend healthy ways to manage your weight.
Are Ubrelvy’s side effects similar to those of other migraine medications?
Yes, Ubrelvy’s side effects are similar to those of some other migraine medications. But other migraine drugs can have very different side effects as well.
Common side effects among Ubrelvy and other migraine drugs include:
Possible side effects of other migraine drugs that Ubrelvy isn’t known to cause may include:
- heart problems, such as an increase or decrease in blood pressure
- numbness or tingling in your arms or legs
- trouble sleeping
For more information about how Ubrelvy’s side effects compare with those of other migraine medications, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Can Ubrelvy cause depression?
Symptoms of depression can include:
- feeling sad or hopeless
- loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
- mood changes, such as being more angry or anxious than usual
- sleeping more or less than usual
If you have any of these symptoms while taking Ubrelvy, be sure to tell your doctor. But it’s likely these symptoms are related to your condition instead of Ubrelvy itself. Regardless, your doctor can help you get treatment for these symptoms.
If you’re concerned about your risk for depression with migraine or while taking Ubrelvy, talk with your doctor.
Learn more about some of the side effects Ubrelvy may cause.
Sleepiness is a common side effect of Ubrelvy. You may be more likely to have this side effect if you take higher doses of the drug.
What might help
Until you know whether Ubrelvy makes you sleepy, you shouldn’t perform tasks that require you to be alert. This includes driving.
Your body may not get used to this side effect because you don’t take the drug every day. So, if you feel sleepy after taking your first few doses of Ubrelvy, you’re likely to continue feeling sleepy every time you take it.
Talk with your doctor about any activities you might need to avoid while taking Ubrelvy.
You might experience dry mouth while taking Ubrelvy. This happens when your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva.
Dry mouth resulting from Ubrelvy use will likely be temporary. But if dry mouth doesn’t go away and is left untreated, it can lead to more serious conditions. These include tooth decay, mouth sores, and oral thrush (a yeast infection inside your mouth).
What might help
The following remedies can help relieve dry mouth symptoms:
- Stay hydrated by drinking water.
- Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless candies.
- Limit the amount of caffeine and sugar you consume.
- Avoid smoking.
- Breathe through your nose more often than your mouth.
- Use saliva substitutes, such as XyliMelts.
If you experience bothersome dry mouth while taking Ubrelvy, talk with your doctor. They can suggest ways to treat this condition. Or they might switch you to a different migraine treatment that doesn’t have this side effect.
Nausea is the most common side effect of Ubrelvy. You may also experience nausea as a symptom of migraine (the condition Ubrelvy is used to treat).
What might help
If you feel nauseated after taking Ubrelvy, try taking your next dose with food. This could help relieve your nausea by settling your stomach.
You can also try over-the-counter (OTC) medications. A few examples include:
Before taking any medications with Ubrelvy, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
If your nausea becomes severe, talk with your doctor. They may prescribe medications to help treat this side effect. Zofran (ondansetron) is an example of a prescription drug that helps quickly relieve nausea.
Like many drugs, Ubrelvy can cause an allergic reaction in some people. But this side effect wasn’t reported in studies.
Symptoms can be mild or serious and can include:
- skin rash
- flushing (temporary warmth, redness, or deepening of skin color)
- swelling under your skin, typically in your eyelids, lips, hands, or feet
- swelling of your mouth, tongue, or throat, which can make it hard to breathe
What might help
If you have mild symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as a mild rash, call your doctor right away. They may suggest an OTC oral antihistamine, such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine), or topical product, such as hydrocortisone cream, to manage your symptoms.
If your doctor confirms you had a mild allergic reaction to Ubrelvy, they’ll decide if you should continue using it.
If you have symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, such as swelling or trouble breathing, call 911 or your local emergency number right away. These symptoms could be life threatening and require immediate medical care.
If your doctor confirms you had a serious allergic reaction to Ubrelvy, they may have you switch to a different treatment.
Keeping track of side effects
During your Ubrelvy treatment, consider keeping notes on any side effects you’re having. Then, you can share this information with your doctor. This is especially helpful to do when you first start taking new drugs or using a combination of treatments.
Your side effect notes can include things like:
- what dose of drug you were taking when you had the side effect
- how soon you had the side effect after starting that dose
- what your symptoms were from the side effect
- how it affected your daily activities
- what other medications you were also taking
- any other information you feel is important
Keeping notes and sharing them with your doctor will help your doctor learn more about how Ubrelvy affects you. Your doctor can use this information to adjust your treatment plan if needed.
Ubrelvy may not be right for you if you have certain medical conditions or other factors that affect your health. Talk with your doctor about your health history before you take Ubrelvy. Factors to consider include those discussed below.
Kidney or liver disease. If you have issues with kidney or liver function, your body might not be able to get rid of Ubrelvy like it should. This can lead to higher levels of the drug in your body, which increases your risk for side effects.
Be sure to tell your doctor about any kidney or liver problems you have before starting Ubrelvy. They may need to adjust your dosage or recommend a different treatment option for your migraine.
Allergic reaction. If you’ve had an allergic reaction to Ubrelvy or any of its ingredients, you shouldn’t take Ubrelvy. Ask your doctor which other medications are better options for you.
Alcohol and Ubrelvy
There aren’t any known safety issues with drinking alcohol while taking Ubrelvy.
But drinking alcohol can trigger a migraine episode for some people. If you know alcohol is one of your migraine triggers, you’ll likely want to avoid alcohol while taking the drug.
Talk with your doctor about the amount of alcohol that’s safe for you to drink while taking Ubrelvy.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding while taking Ubrelvy
It isn’t known if Ubrelvy is safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding.
In animal studies, Ubrelvy did cause harmful effects in offspring born to pregnant animals who were given the drug. And Ubrelvy was found in the milk of lactating animals exposed to Ubrelvy. But what happens in animal studies may not happen in humans.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant or breastfeed, talk with your doctor before using Ubrelvy.
Ubrelvy may help treat your migraine symptoms. Some people have mild side effects from the drug, such as nausea and sleepiness. More serious side effects from Ubrelvy aren’t common.
If you have questions about Ubrelvy’s side effects, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. You may ask your doctor a few questions about Ubrelvy treatment to help decide if the drug is right for you. Here are a few questions you might ask:
- Am I at a higher risk for side effects than others taking Ubrelvy?
- What are a few ways to manage side effects I might experience from Ubrelvy?
- Am I likely to have an allergic reaction to Ubrelvy?
To learn more about Ubrelvy, see these articles:
- All About Ubrelvy
- Ubrelvy and Cost: What You Need to Know
- Ubrelvy Interactions: Alcohol, Medications, and Others
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I’ve had high blood pressure after trying other migraine treatments in the past. Will I have high blood pressure after using Ubrelvy?Anonymous
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